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"Back in Time" (CD Single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single is from the soundtrack to the third installment of the Men in Black movie franchise. Sung by rapper Pitbull, the song is surprisingly clean (there is one line about "not giving a number two") and fun for kids who might be too young for the movie. The song samples the popular Mickey and Sylvia duet "Love is Strange" from Dirty Dancing.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
"In order to understand the future, we have to go back in time," sings Pitbull, and apparently he means all the way back to the '50s. The popular song "Love is Strange" (made famous by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing), sung by the duo Mickey and Sylvia, is dubbed in much of the bass-heavy club mix. The retro sound and techno beats work surprisingly well, and it's sure to be a hit with Men in Black and rap fans alike.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that Will Smith is not singing the theme song to this movie when he did for the previous two. Why do you think that is? Do you think the movie producers could be trying to appeal to a different or wider audience?
Does it matter who sings the theme song to a movie? Why do you think the producers chose Pitbull?
Will singing a mainstream pop song help or hurt Pitbull's rap career and reputation?
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